3 FTSE Shares Hitting New Highs

Published in Investing on 15 October 2012

J Sainsbury (LSE: SBRY) and Dixons (LSE: DXNS) are soaring.

The FTSE 100 (UKX) is tentatively on the march today, edging to 5,818 at the time of writing, and up 25 points. It's nudging ever closer to its 52-week high of 5,989 points -- how soon will it make it?

If bullishness in the general markets still looks a little cautious, investors are pushing individual shares up to new highs every day. Here are three from the FTSE indices that are scaling fresh heights today:


Dixons Retail (LSE: DXNS) is still powering on, hitting a new high of 21.9p in what is one of the best retail recoveries of recent years -- the shares have more than doubled from their 52-week low of 9.1p.

City sentiment towards the share has improved, too, with forecasts suggesting earnings per share growth of around 25% this year with close to 40% pencilled in for next. There's little in the way of dividends expected yet, but with a PEG ratio of 0.6 for the year to April 2013, falling to 0.3 for 2014, the share is pretty much priced as a growth-at-a-reasonable-price bet.


Supermarket J Sainsbury (LSE: SBRY) has had a cracking few months, and has gained around 25% since June to hit a new peak of 357p. That would be a good ride for a small-cap growth share -- but it's remarkable for a £7 billion FTSE 100 company!

Forecasts look pretty good, too, and even after the price rise, the forecast full-year dividend still stands at 4.7%. Meanwhile, the P/E ratio looks to be 12.

It's interesting to compare Sainsbury with Tesco (LSE: TSCO), which offers a similar yield of 4.8% with the shares on an even lower P/E of 9.5, but Tesco's shares are still languishing after their January slump.

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Prudential (LSE: PRU) is also rubbing up against its 52-week high, reaching 855p today for a rise of around 50% from its low point back in December. It really shows how much the financial sector is back in favour, with forecasters expecting a dividend of over 3% for the full year, rising to around 3.5% for 2013 -- and the payout should be very well covered.

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> Alan Oscroft does not own any shares mentioned in this article. The Motley Fool owns shares in Tesco.

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